Citizen journalism fails to fill news gap

Blogs and community websites may complement news from traditional providers, but they aren’t filling the ‘information shortfall’ created by the crisis in the media, research from the US shows.

This conclusion, drawn by researchers at the Missouri School of Journalism, is likely to apply equally here in the UK.

But just as the British crisis in journalism lags behind that in the American media, so too does research into its effects. Given that evidence and well-grounded arguments may be what is needed to ensure quality journalism in future, even on points we already ‘know’, this is one area where Britain might do well to emulate the people over the pond.

For more details of the report, see here.

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